Verizon / United States Department of Labor

April 4, 2013

 

United States Department of Labor

United States Secretary of Labor Mr. Seth Harris

200 Constitutional Ave NW,

Washington, DC. 20210                                                                                                      

 

Ref: Request a full investigation into Verizon Communications Federal Violations and illegal Practices

 

United States Secretary of Labor Mr. Seth Harris;

                Good day Sir, my name is Neal W. Dias and I am from Swansea Massachusetts.  I am writing you today as a follow up from my late 2012 conversation with the United States Department of Labor.  I called and spoke to a representative about my situation as it related to Verizon Communications and possible Federal violations.  These Federal violations are about the abusive and mistreatment of several Verizon employees in both management and union.  This investigation is about the neglect of Verizon to foster a positive, healthy and safe work environment.  It’s about Verizon not fulfilling their corporate, state and federal obligation in completing full and thorough investigation into abusive, discriminatory, racial and violent acts at Verizon.

I will attach the link to a story about me and what I personally went through at Verizon being unprotected and left in an unsafe work environment (please read it) but in brief; I was a successful former Verizon Manager that witnessed a very abusive, sometimes a very violent and racial workplace.  I witnessed verbal and physical threats.  I witnessed the intentional sabotaging of employees, their lives as well as mine.  I witnessed the intentional sabotaging of their work as well as mine.  I witnessed management target certain employees to build cases against them with intent to set them up to suspend or fire them.  I witnessed management state that will lie, if need be, too harm the union employees.  I witnessed such malicious bullying from managers to their subordinates.  I know of a female in Verizon that was touched inappropriately, complain internally about it and was advised that the male managers only touched you once.  Verizon left her under that manager, as she was later targeted by this perpetrator and fired in retaliation.  

I have witnessed managers steal safety items off the vehicles and have other manager’s drive by and write the employees up to build cases against them and they called it a safety ride.  I have witnessed Directors and Area Managers at Verizon have meetings on ways to target selected employees with intent on creating havoc in their lives as a personal vindictiveness.  I have seen, heard and witnessed brutal treatment and that was supported by upper management as their philosophy was; “This was the way to improve productivity.”  I have seen, witnessed and been a victim of “Verizon’s EEO, Verizon’s Corporate Security and Upper management” ignore the violence within Verizon only to protect the perpetrators. 

I have seen Verizon donate to violence against woman, but condone it within Verizon.  I have seen Verizon donate money to minority groups like the NAACP, but allow blacks to be called racial names, get targeted because they are black and the racist employees still are able to maintain positions at Verizon.  I have witnessed the dissatisfaction of blacks being placed into positions and being called stupid and negative connotations reflecting on to affirmative action was the only reason the blacks have their positions, and it was accepted.  I have witnessed blacks targeted for being black and told they would be blackballed and their careers terminated in they report this crime internally or externally.  I have seen Verizon donate to anti-bullying, but responded in a position statement to a State / Federal Agency approving of a bully’s actions because he was an “Equal Opportunity Offender,” he just did not bully the minorities he bullies everyone.  I have seen or have evidence of Verizon management assault, threaten, swear at, verbally assault and downgrade employees with getting disciplined, but when the roles are reversed the union technicians are punished to the fullest including termination for the same or lesser acts.  I witnessed managers speak negatively about the gays and lesbians at Verizon and never was held accountable for their actions. 

The list goes on, and I will eventually provide you with plenty of proof, as I request your agency to conduct a thorough investigation.  I have proof that Verizon indeed “fails” to investigate criminal and civil acts within their company that may also violate State and Federal laws as well.  I have proof that Verizon does in fact leave employees to fend for themselves, while keeping the employee in an unsafe and unhealthy work environment.   I have proof that Verizon Corporate Security and Verizon EEO claim they conduct full and thorough investigations into claims of “harassment, discrimination, bullying and violence within the Workplace,” then submit false investigations into States and Federal agencies only to falsify and perjure themselves – and never conducting a full and complete investigation, I have full proof of this as well.   

I’ve have proof (a CD) that Verizon had full knowledge of chemicals in a building in New York City at 140 West Street and employees may have contained deadly illnesses and respiratory infections, and Verizon possibly never conducted a full clean out of these chemicals, and leaving many to be infected.  Verizon has thousands of technicians both lineman and splice technician handling telephone poles throughout the country, loaded with life threatening chemicals without providing respiratory protection.  These chemicals that the telephone poles are dipped into cause cancer and respiratory infections.  These technicians are unsafe and are never provided the pertinent information or safety protection to help them out.  Verizon also have their technicians operate lead containers and cables that are both aerial and underground without providing them proper protection from illnesses and lead dust.

I made a moral stand and brought it to the attention of Verizon on many unethical issues and made internal and external complaints about this abusive and work environment then I was targeted.  In the end I was then I was advised that I was blackballed and then wrongfully terminated for reporting Bullies that harassed many, racism and discrimination which were protected from upper management, Verizon’s EEO and Verizon’s Corporate Security.  I also reported such criminal acts externally to the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office and the Massachusetts Commission against Discrimination, resulting in a civil lawsuit against Verizon.   

I brought charges up against Verizon for creating a hostile work environment and wrongful termination against me and just had my trial.  It was in Federal Court in Boston Massachusetts “Dias v Verizon” and we lost!  We did not lose because of the lack of evidence but for other reasons, which I cannot discuss at this time as the appeal is in process.  Many of these items discussed were not a part of my case but it will be in this federal investigation of Verizon.  You do know that often in court a lot of evidence gets suppressed, there are time restraints and even with all the proof, things don’t end up your way.  Fact, some innocent people are in jail and some guilty ones are in the streets.  Even though I lost, this does not mean by any means that Verizon did not violate many and my humane rights. 

Whether I won or loss, I was contacting your agency and others about Verizon corrupt conspiracy to allow harm to come to their employees.  This was the reason why I called in in late 2012, and I have a lot of evidence to prove Verizon’s neglect to do the right thing.  

In December of 2012 I was offered a bit under $500,000 not go to trial, along with a gag order (for both my wife and I), shut down my Facebook, blogs and petitions exposing Verizon, never write a book on what I went through, and never let this information get any other agencies (especially Federal) that will continue to expose them in this manner.  “I did not,” let me repeat “I did not” take the money because laws were broken and lives were destroyed at Verizon.  Verizon has bought their silence and covered up too many violations over time, and it’s time to hold them accountable, no matter whom they know or how much they have.

 I know they are one of the largest taxpayers in the Country.  I know that Verizon sponsors many charities, foundations and many sports teams.  I do not believe that financial status or popularity matters, as our constitution protect us equally.  Verizon’s money should not guarantee them freedom form cruelty and injustice, no one or company should.   They should not be able to process false information to the EEOC and other Federal or State investigative agencies, and not be held accountable for it.  I have proof, in Verizon’s own testimonies, statements, and their own documentation to prove what I am stating is correct that they falsified federal documents.    

Over time, I had compiled an established abundance of evidence through Verizon’s own statements to internal and external EEO’s, position statements to the Massachusetts Commission against Discrimination, through depositions, the trial transcripts, emails from present and former employees.  I can prove Verizon has violated Federal Laws and employees rights.  I can prove Verizon tampered with evidence, conspires to terminated and targeted selective employees, obstruction of justice, perjury, neglect and the inhumane treatment to their employees and me – having full knowledge of this in the process. 

Verizon receives over 104,000 Internal EEO Complaints a year, with a base of 235,000 plus employees, almost 50% of their employees are complaining of EEO Violations.  I now have proof Verizon is coving them up and lying to the agencies on the investigative outcome.   I will not get into great detail of the facts of the case in this letter, as that will come with the submission of evidence, letters, comments and additional documentation.  I do not want to overwhelm the agency with all the necessary information needed to begin the investigation against Verizon, until I know the contact if that is ok.  Also, there will be many additional Verizon employees and / or their statements as well submitting information as well, so if you can please provide me with an investigation “ID / Reference Number” and I will pass it on as well.  I will also send your agency hundreds of combinations of letters and comments that I have personally received so you can see the truth.  I will place you in touch with an active Director that will also support what I say is true.  This will be a long investigation but in the end, I will provide you with enough to prove Verizon’s cover-ups and conspiracies to harm their employees, and they do it with a threat to suppress them.  I have many letters, emails, comments and evidence to prove Verizon’s unethical and illegal acts to good American workers.  Once I am granted an investigator I will have other Verizon employees forward you their stories as well.

You are the U.S. Department of Labor that looks out for the moral and legal means and the welfare of safety and the protection of U.S. Employees.  I am confident that the United States Department of Labor will conduct a full and complete investigation into the claims that will be brought forward to you about the malicious conduct and negligence of by Verizon Communication in the best interest of all.   Verizon violated my human rights and the rights of other employees.  Verizon imprisons the voices of many by threating them of their family’s livelihood if they speak of about the abusive acts to anyone.  That daily threat is abusive, stressful and inhumane and by far unacceptable in any manner.

Verizon stole my peace of mind and the peace of mind if many others that were good employees, just speaking up about abuse.

Please understand it took years for these employees and me to have the guts to finally ask for help and jeopardize our careers and families lives, do not let us down.  I will be waiting for someone to contact me to begin this investigation.

“The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.”
-Edmund Burke

Neal W. Dias
774-991-3663
Fightingfor7years@hotmail.com
Justicefor7@yahoo.com

My Story:

https://justiceatverizon.wordpress.com/2012/05/05/bullying-at-verizon/

https://justiceatverizon.wordpress.com/2012/06/24/unjustice-at-verizon-and-the-massachusetts-commission-against-discrimination/

My Speeches:
Healthy Workplace Bill Press Conference in Boston Massachusetts July 7, 2012 (Video):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85HKgP-dfyI

Healthy Workplace Bill Press Conference in New York April 30, 2012 (Video): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6pPe2gqGRI&feature=share

Civil Rights and Anti-Bullying Leadership Summit in Hartford Connecticut at the Legislators Building, August 9, 2012
**(Neal W. Dias – fast forward to 02:41:56 – 02:56:09)**
http://ct-n.com/ondemand.asp?ID=8061

National Workplace Bullying Press Conference in Washington DC October 15th 2012

http://youtu.be/bid5DK97rq8

http://www.workplacebullying.org/2012/10/21/npc-dias/

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About justiceatverizon

Neal W. Dias – Bio I am a 46 year old former U.S. Marine, who was brought up by my father, due to my mother passing away when I was 8 years old. I have five children, and a grandchild and a wonderful wife. I was born in 1965, in Fall River Massachusetts. I lived on the 2nd floor from my Grandmother. I come from a very large family Cape Verdean family. In 1973 we moved from the city, into the suburban neighborhood, a place called Swansea. It was that year when I lost my mother in an auto mobile accident. In 1984 I went into the U.S. Marines which enforced respect for one self and our Nation. After getting out of the Marines, I furthered my education and received my first degree, which was in Electrical Technology. In 1997 I was hired by Nynex (now called Verizon), as a lineman. In 2004 I was promoted to manager as I was in the process of working on my second degree in Business Management and advanced to upper management, rapidly. I was a valued leader on the Verizon Diversity Committee, and spoke at several locations. I was on the Diversity committee and was directly responsible for ensure the first ever Verizon’s Diversity Week went on without any hitches. I was awarded for my success in New York by the Verizon New England President. I was apart of other specialized organizations within Verizon to ensure my voice was heard as I stood up against Bullying, Harassment, Racism and Discrimination was not accepted with the Verizon walls. But it was in 2004 when I was promoted, I began to see Verizon employees getting bullied and tormented by Verizon Management. I did what I through was best, and tried to halt the bullying that was taking place at Verizon, then it shifted to me. After standing up against the powers to be, trying to help others I was targeted, harassed, bullied, discriminated against, endured racial harassment and eventually wrongfully terminated. I was brought up with the belief of how you treat people, is how you will be treated. It was embedded into my mind that respect was how it will be in my family. My father said, “Respect people, work hard and life will treat you kind.” This was the belief of a man who was discriminated against for so many years, because of his color, but never changed his values. I knew then, I cannot walk away like so many others that have had to endure such cruelty, and that this bullying issue is larger than me. After seven and a half years my story is still is not over as I am still in federal court in Boston Massachusetts awaiting the second summary of judgment decision. I will continue to fight for justice and my honor. I now have committed my life to help others, and started a blog page which has acquired over 13,000 readings and over 1,500 comments in only a few months. After hearing all these stories, I knew I had to do something and became an advocate for workplace bulling. This is when I stumbled upon “New York Healthy Workplace Advocates.” On April 30, 2012 I was honored to have spoken in Albany New York at the Capital a National Campaign on Workplace Bullying. I am an active Advocate to this cause, in Massachusetts. I have helped to organize many in the fight against Verizon and other companies in the war against bullying in corporate America. I have helped to guide so many to resources to guide these victims in the fight against any form of harassment or discrimination in the workplace, as this is my mission. Neal W. Dias 645 Marvel Street Swansea, MA. 02777 774-319-3931 Fightingfor7years@hotmail.com Healthy Workplace Bill Press Conference in New York April 30, 2012 (Video): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6pPe2gqGRI&feature=share Healthy Workplace Bill Press Conference in New York April 30, 2012 (Newspaper Article): http://blog.timesunion.com/capitol/archives/128768/savino-englebright-push-bill-to-fight-workplace-bullying/
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